(h/t Meaghan Edwards)
This is bullshit:
Korinn Seabrook and Sonya Pimentel are desperate to stop Sarnia from euthanizing their puppies, but neither is optimistic they can be saved.
The women, who are friends, each adopted an 11-month-old dog they believe are boxer mixes from a mutual friend.
"Both the mom and the dad are boxer mix. My friend has the papers to prove it," said Seabrook.
But Sarnia animal control officers say the puppies look like Staffordshire bull terriers, a breed that's been illegal to own in Ontario since legislation was passed in 2005 to ban so-called pitbulls.
And this is bullshit:
The city seized the dog and impounded her, initially saying Maddi would be euthanized Thursday. She has since been granted a reprieve until Sept. 10 to give her owners an opportunity to prove she isn't a Staff ordshire bull terrier.
And this is bullshit:
"I don't like it anymore than anyone else," said Loosley [Sarnia's acting deputy clerk]. "But the city has to enforce the provincial legislation."
Animal control officers in Sarnia should be ashamed of themselves for snatching up puppies just so they can kill them.
That bullshit about "But the city has to enforce the provincial legislation" is a weak excuse for whatever the fuck Sarnia animal control calls what they are doing. Identifying a dog as a Pit Bull or a Pit Bull look-a-like is totally up to the discretion of the animal control officer.
From a follow-up article, Pitbull law unevenly applied
“Our [Sarnia] animal control officers have tremendous expertise,” Bradley said. “They are professional and ethical people doing what they believe the law requires.”
About once a month a dog is euthanized in Sarnia as a banned breed.
But just down the road in St. Clair Township, no dogs have ever been euthanized under the law.
Animal control officer Gayle Farr only picks up dogs running at large or causing problems, she said.
“That’s my mandate. It’s not about what the dog looks like. I think the provincial law is wrong. The merit of a dog is its owner.”
Sarnia animal control could learn a thing or two about being professional and ethical from St. Clair Township ACO Gayle Farr.
Update: Looks like three dogs are going to be killed unless someone kicks Sarnia animal control in the head with some compassion and common sense.
Here's the Facebook page.
And, yes, you can thank Michael Bryant for this bullshit.
Update: All three dogs have been returned to owner.